Tameside Council has received a prestigious award for its continued support of the Armed Forces community.
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Awards represent the highest badge of achievement for organisations which employ and support current and former members of the Armed Forces.
The council was presented with the Silver award by Mark Blundell, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Merseyside, during a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall on 28 November. There were 13 other organisations that also received the honour at the event.
The ERS was first launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister to recognise employer support for the Armed Forces Covenant.
It encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces community.
The silver award recognises that an organisation has demonstrated support to tackle service personnel issues, including employing members and actively communicating its status as an Armed Forces-friendly organisation. Award winners are also recognised for supporting the employment of veterans, Cadet Air Force Adult Volunteers, spouses, partners and the wounded injured or sick.
Engagement with ex-forces personnel in Tameside is coordinated by the Tameside Armed Services Covenant team. They work across Tameside Council and its partner organisations to ensure that members of the armed forces can receive support however they make contact.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “I’m delighted we received this award to recognise our support of current and former Armed Forces personnel and their families in the borough. Tameside has a proud military heritage and since we signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012 we have developed even stronger partnerships with regulars, reservists and members of the ex-services community.”
To find out more about the Tameside Armed Services Covenant please visit http://tamesideasc.org.uk/ or call 0161 342 4080.
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